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About the VCU IRB

VCU identifies on its Federalwide Assurance (FWA) with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) 4 IRBs that routinely review research conducted under its institutional affiliation. One of these IRBs is operated internally at VCU. The remaining 3 IRBs are independent IRBs designated to review specific types of research.

Western IRB, a fully independent IRB, is designated to review industry sponsored research that will be conducted at VCU. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Adult Central and Pediatric Central IRBs are designated to review applicable oncology related research.

The VCU Health System holds a separate FWA. IRB oversight for research conducted under the auspices of the VCUHS is provided by VCU.

The VCU Vice President for Research is the Institutional Official responsible for the IRBs. Administrative support to the IRB is provided by the Office of Research Subjects Protection (ORSP).

VCU’s FWA number: 00005287

VCU Health System FWA number: 00004325